How to use the volume buttons to take pictures with your iPhone

How to Use the Volume Buttons to Take Photos on Your iPhone:  Rita’s iDevice Advice for July 20, 2020

Did you know you can use your iPhone’s volume buttons to snap photos? Using the iPhone volume buttons can make it easier to take a picture when holding the iPhone at an awkward angle.

How to Take a Photo Using the iPhone Volume Buttons

1.  Open the Camera app.

2.  Select which Camera option you want to use.  This is a “picker option” where you can choose front facing camera, back facing, etc.

3.  The volume buttons are the second (up) and third (down) buttons on the left edge of your iPhone. When you’re ready to take a photo (or start one of the video options), press either the up or down button. 

4.  You can hold your phone upright (Portrait).  Or you can hold your phone sideways (Landscape).

You can take a picture on your iPhone by simply hitting either the volume up or down button, instead of dragging your finger to find the “take picture button”.

This will reduce the picture getting blurred.

You can hold your iPhone in landscape mode, like a real point and shoot camera, and click the Volume up or down buttons which are now located in the upper right of the iPhone to take a photo

Normally the Volume Up button will increase the sound level of everything from your ringer to the music or video you are listening to. When you launch the Camera app, however, the Volume Up button transforms into a shutter release button, letting you snap pictures with a squeeze of a finger. As a special bonus, if you have headphones plugged in, and you launch the Camera app, the headphones volume button becomes a long-distance remote shutter release.

When you are running VoiceOver: you can add a text label to the photos in your Photos App.

There are a few Ways you can get a photo described to you right in the Apple photos app. For one thing, as you are swiping through your photos, you can perform a three finger single tap on the photo to hear a description, also often read automatically, of what is in the photo. You might hear things like, table, chair, two people. This is just an example. When doing this, make sure that your screen curtain is off, and that the brightness is not set to zero. next, while you can of course listen to videos that you may have taken, you can also do this with Live Photos. If you have the live photo setting turned on in the camera, Open a live photo, then double tap and hold where it says live photo. You will hear a couple seconds of audio. This, combined with the description voiceover gives you, can often be enough to determine much about the photo. Beyond this, if you have some cited help, you can name the people in your various photos, so that going forward, voiceover will tell you who is in every photo you have. You can also search for photos based upon topics, events, people, dates, and locations. Finally, if you are certain of what a particular photo is, you can use the two finger double tap and hold on any photo, to open the voiceover label element feature. Then you can provide a descriptive label for each of your photos.

to assign a VoiceOver label to pictures in the Photos app, do the following:

Open the Photos app and go to the four tabs that are at the bottom of the screen. locate  the picture by Selecting the “Albums” tab and select  “Recents” view.

Each picture  will already be labeled with a date and time.

Open the picture that you want to assign a text label to, with a one finger double tap.  Flick right until you hear the date and time that the photo was taken: for example “November 26, 10:15AM.

Perform a two finger double tap and hold on the second tap.

You will hear a three long beep sound.  This brings up the on screen keyboard and places the VoiceOver cursor in the first element of a editable text field.

Type the name of the photo: such as “picture of  our cats under the Christmas tree”.

Then locate the “Save” button which is located near the upper right hand side of the screen, or you can keep flicking left with one finger until you locate the Save button and Perform a one finger double tap.

Your photo will now have a text label when you are in the Recents album of your photos app.

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